Today at the meeting of the Chicago City Council, there will be a public hearing for the Emanuel budget proposal. This is where Mayor Emanuel's budget gets the ol' eagle eye from the aldermen. And they are ready to fight. I mean, c'mon! They wrote a letter! I can just imagine 28 of the alderman all surrounding one old Gateway computer, hunting and pecking. "What's another word for disservice?? Irresponsible?"
Also on the agenda today: Tickets for pot and outlawing plastic bags in big stores. But the really big item that surfaced last week with very little coverage was news that the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is slashing the bouncy house budget from $400k to $200k. Wha??! Apparently, there will now be fewer bouncy houses available for neighborhood events and also a different check-out system, according to department commissioner Michelle Boone. I don't know. I called Alderman Ed Bus (D-53rd) for comment.